Last month a converted U.S.-built 2006 C6 Corvette designed to provide a couple hot laps at the Nurburgring was let loose on a mile course in Florida and managed to clock a record 186.800 mph.
Certified by the International Mile Racing Association (IMRA), the record for Top Speed Street Legal Electric Car set Feb. 23 at the 3-mile runway at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds/Shuttle Landing Facility topped a former 177-mph benchmark set by a Finnish EV.
The Z06 ‘Vette conversion in question is called the Genovation eXtreme Electric or GXE. It has been developed by Genovation Cars with headquarters in Rockville, Md., and most GXE parts were designed and built in America.
While this run was a little short of max claimed speed, the vehicle has been touted as capable of 0-60 in 3 seconds and 200 mph top speed and may eventually prove those benchmarks with powertrain “in excess of” 700 horsepower, and 600 pounds-feet of torque.
Genovation Cars says the GXE has a state-of-the-art battery management system, inverters, batteries and electric motors, and the run was a test outing where they happened to set the record.
“We are thrilled that the result of our development testing led to the setting of this record,” said Genovation CEO Andrew Saul. “Based on our experience so far, we believe the car to be extremely robust as we set the record on our first day of testing. We fully expect the car to do a lot more.”
Will it in time run 200? That remains to be seen, but do not be surprised to see new EV records. The just-revealed Rimac Concept_S is claimed to have maximum velocity of 220 mph, and other fast street legal EVs are also expected as the industry gains momentum.
As for the GXE, its battery is half the size of the 82-kwh pack in the exotic Rimac being a 44-kwh lithium-ion pack comprised of 18650 cells like Tesla uses.
The vehicle is said to have a 50/50 weight distribution, and to be good for around two laps at race speeds at the Nurburgring or 130 miles at a “normal” pace.